History ObfuscatingStupidity / AnimeAndManga

12th Mar '17 8:06:59 AM secretfan14
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* One early look at ''Anime/MaiHime'''s Midori Sugiura would likely lead one to think: "[[{{Dojikko}} Clumsy waitress]]...[[OneOfTheKids ditzy teacher]]...I could probably take her in a fight". However, once she [[JumpedAtTheCall gets into her Element]], she can (and will) kick ass with flair, occasionally exhibiting leadership qualities that would make Storm proud.

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* One early look at ''Anime/MaiHime'''s Midori Sugiura would likely lead one to think: "[[{{Dojikko}} "[[CuteClumsyGirl Clumsy waitress]]...[[OneOfTheKids ditzy teacher]]...I could probably take her in a fight". However, once she [[JumpedAtTheCall gets into her Element]], she can (and will) kick ass with flair, occasionally exhibiting leadership qualities that would make Storm proud.
19th Jan '17 1:19:19 PM Willbyr
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* ''PokemonSpecial'''s Mr. Berlitz commissioned Ignor and Phool to watch over Platinum, who mistook Diamond and Pearl for her bodyguards (I&P were supposed to be the bodyguards in the first place). Given their antics in the time you see them, coupled with their names being variants of the word "idiot", you'd think Mr. Berlitz was an idiot himself for entrusting his daughter to these two. Per this trope, looks belie talent, and the two are very capable battlers with their Burmy and Buizel, as Saturn had the misfortune of discovering at the Lost Tower. They initially appear to have their asses handed to them by Saturn (who isn't even actually there, using a device to watch the scene and command his Pokemon) when Burmy gets its coat knocked off and Buizel appears to be abandoned, but it was all part of the plan as Buizel used its tail to create a whirlwind of Burmy's leaves to block Saturn's camera. Effectively blind, Saturn can no longer command his Pokemon which then get taken out in one hit.

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* ''PokemonSpecial'''s ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'''s Mr. Berlitz commissioned Ignor and Phool to watch over Platinum, who mistook Diamond and Pearl for her bodyguards (I&P were supposed to be the bodyguards in the first place). Given their antics in the time you see them, coupled with their names being variants of the word "idiot", you'd think Mr. Berlitz was an idiot himself for entrusting his daughter to these two. Per this trope, looks belie talent, and the two are very capable battlers with their Burmy and Buizel, as Saturn had the misfortune of discovering at the Lost Tower. They initially appear to have their asses handed to them by Saturn (who isn't even actually there, using a device to watch the scene and command his Pokemon) when Burmy gets its coat knocked off and Buizel appears to be abandoned, but it was all part of the plan as Buizel used its tail to create a whirlwind of Burmy's leaves to block Saturn's camera. Effectively blind, Saturn can no longer command his Pokemon which then get taken out in one hit.
19th Dec '16 6:49:35 AM Morgenthaler
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*** While Luffy and Zoro more have screwy personalities that make it seem impossible they actually possess any form of brain, Sanji perhaps is the only one who puts on the stupidity intentionally. The best strategical mind on the Straw Hats, he often looks just far enough ahead to pull a vital string that ends up saving the lot of them down the line. See in Water 7 when he realized Robin would be leaving via sea train and ran off early to stow away when everyone else was still messing around trying to figure out what to do. Ask him what he was doing beforehand? He has to go "see about a lady". Faced with the second best fighter in Croc's posse, and confronted as to whether or not he was the code-named orchestrator of the Straw Hats' escape? No, he's "just a simple sea cook." He stays out of sight, doesn't give his name, acts like an idiot (except in regards to his nature as a ChivalrousPervert; that part isn't an act) and generally ends up, as Zoro pointed out mockingly, in the convenient position of being a {{Badass}} (Zoro left that part out) who everyone takes to be "pirate A" That does have the unfortunate side effect of his bounty poster though.

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*** While Luffy and Zoro more have screwy personalities that make it seem impossible they actually possess any form of brain, Sanji perhaps is the only one who puts on the stupidity intentionally. The best strategical mind on the Straw Hats, he often looks just far enough ahead to pull a vital string that ends up saving the lot of them down the line. See in Water 7 when he realized Robin would be leaving via sea train and ran off early to stow away when everyone else was still messing around trying to figure out what to do. Ask him what he was doing beforehand? He has to go "see about a lady". Faced with the second best fighter in Croc's posse, and confronted as to whether or not he was the code-named orchestrator of the Straw Hats' escape? No, he's "just a simple sea cook." He stays out of sight, doesn't give his name, acts like an idiot (except in regards to his nature as a ChivalrousPervert; that part isn't an act) and generally ends up, as Zoro pointed out mockingly, in the convenient position of being a {{Badass}} badass (Zoro left that part out) who everyone takes to be "pirate A" That does have the unfortunate side effect of his bounty poster though.



* Someone watching ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' who doesn't know about the [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler second-episode plot revelation]] is likely to be thinking something like "What the...''Li'' is ''the Black Reaper?''" when it rolls around. The act also works on other characters, since nobody thinks to suspect the [[{{Adorkable}} adorably clumsy and naive]] NiceGuy of being a {{badass}} superpowered assassin.

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* Someone watching ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' who doesn't know about the [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler second-episode plot revelation]] is likely to be thinking something like "What the...''Li'' is ''the Black Reaper?''" when it rolls around. The act also works on other characters, since nobody thinks to suspect the [[{{Adorkable}} adorably clumsy and naive]] NiceGuy of being a {{badass}} badass superpowered assassin.
18th Dec '16 10:20:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dr. Stein from ''Manga/SoulEater'' plays this trope during his first appearance and meeting with the protagonists. The way he appeared didn't exactly impress them, rolling his chair backwards out the door and falling over. And then doing it again. Of course, he turns out to be a super [[{{Badass}} badass]] with sadistic tendencies.

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* Dr. Stein from ''Manga/SoulEater'' plays this trope during his first appearance and meeting with the protagonists. The way he appeared didn't exactly impress them, rolling his chair backwards out the door and falling over. And then doing it again. Of course, he turns out to be a super [[{{Badass}} badass]] badass with sadistic tendencies.
8th Oct '16 5:02:35 PM Mullon
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* A lot of characters in ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' but the one guy who stands out of all people is [[spoiler: Ryugamine Mikado. He seems like your typical NaiveNewcomer, right up until he demonstrates that he's successfully ''[[ImageBoard weaponized 4chan]]'']]. If even then, he still doesn't seem all that scary on a personal level, just wait until he starts [[spoiler:stabbing people with pens with a [[DissonantSerenity horrendous expression]] on his face.]]

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* A lot of characters in ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' but the one guy who stands out of all people is [[spoiler: Ryugamine Mikado. He seems like your typical NaiveNewcomer, right up until he demonstrates that he's successfully ''[[ImageBoard weaponized 4chan]]'']].''weaponized Website/FourChan'']]. If even then, he still doesn't seem all that scary on a personal level, just wait until he starts [[spoiler:stabbing people with pens with a [[DissonantSerenity horrendous expression]] on his face.]]
2nd Oct '16 4:33:18 PM Monolaf317
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* Genma Saotome from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. He behaves like a lazy, thieving, sadistic, cowardly, gluttonous, etc etc and a total waste of space. And maybe he is. But the one time Ranma seemed about to outpace him, Genma asserted dominance over Ranma with psychological attacks (the "Hell's Cradle Technique"). Also, Genma managed to create two new martial arts forms from scratch that would be at home in the ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'' stories, and once managed to prove himself the near-equal of his evil master Happosai by manifesting Godzilla-scale powers for a brief moment.

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* Genma Saotome from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. He behaves like a lazy, thieving, sadistic, cowardly, gluttonous, etc etc etc. etc. and a total waste of space. And maybe he is. But the one time Ranma seemed about to outpace him, Genma asserted dominance over Ranma with psychological attacks (the "Hell's Cradle Technique"). Also, Genma managed to create two new martial arts forms from scratch that would be at home in the ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'' stories, and once managed to prove himself the near-equal of his evil master Happosai by manifesting Godzilla-scale powers for a brief moment.



* Mrs. Ketchum (Ash's (hot) mom) in ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' is another borderline case. She's been a single mom for as long as the anime has been on the air, but it's later revealed she was a student of Professor Oak's, and an exceptional one, at that. Chances are she just comes off as uninformed since she had to put her studies and such behind once Ash was born.

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* Mrs. Ketchum (Ash's [[MumLooksLikeASister (hot) mom) mom]]) in ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' is another borderline case. She's been a single mom for as long as the anime has been on the air, but it's later revealed she was a student of Professor Oak's, and an exceptional one, at that. Chances are she just comes off as uninformed since she had to put her studies and such behind once Ash was born.



* In ''Anime{{Kiznaiver}}'', this is considered by Sonozaki to be Nico's "sin". She's smart, pretty, and comes from a rich family, so she fears that people will hate her for being "perfect" and intentionally plays up her CloudCuckooLander tendencies, making her seem like TheDitz instead. She's actually a GeniusDitz, and one of the smartest members of the main cast. For example, when the group are trying to track down the seventh Kiznaiver, who they know to be a member of the class, most of the characters run off to interrogate individual people. Nico simply stands at the back of the classroom, lightly punches Katsuhira in the back of the head (hard enough to activate the Kizna System but not hard enough to draw attention to herself), and waits to see who reacts.

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* In ''Anime{{Kiznaiver}}'', ''Anime/{{Kiznaiver}}'', this is considered by Sonozaki to be Nico's "sin". She's smart, pretty, and comes from a rich family, so she fears that people will hate her for being "perfect" and intentionally plays up her CloudCuckooLander tendencies, making her seem like TheDitz instead. She's actually a GeniusDitz, and one of the smartest members of the main cast. For example, when the group are trying to track down the seventh Kiznaiver, who they know to be a member of the class, most of the characters run off to interrogate individual people. Nico simply stands at the back of the classroom, lightly punches Katsuhira in the back of the head (hard enough to activate the Kizna System but not hard enough to draw attention to herself), and waits to see who reacts.



* In ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' [[spoiler: Kaede]] has been shown constantly as the InnocentBystander that always gets into [[DistressedDamsel trouble]] and likes [[GenderBender female-Natsuru]], but [[spoiler:she is actually in league with the Moderators and has been [[TheChessMaster manipulating almost everyone into doing her bidding.]]]]

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'', [[spoiler: Kaede]] has been shown constantly as the InnocentBystander that always gets into [[DistressedDamsel trouble]] and likes [[GenderBender female-Natsuru]], but [[spoiler:she is actually in league with the Moderators and has been [[TheChessMaster manipulating almost everyone into doing her bidding.]]]]
8th Sep '16 7:31:10 AM whereismytea
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', [[GuileHero Yukimura]] cultivates an image of a lazy bumbling lord very carefully, especially among his peers, to maintain PlausibleDeniability for some of his [[TheChessmaster riskier moves]].
12th Jul '16 12:33:10 PM Quanyails
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* Recently, in ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' [[spoiler: Kaede]] has been shown constantly as the [[spoiler: InnocentBystander]] that [[spoiler: always gets into [[DistressedDamsel trouble]] and likes [[GenderBender female-Natsuru]]]], but [[spoiler: she is actually in league with the Moderators and has been [[TheChessMaster manipulating almost everyone into doing her bidding.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Seems more like it's a split personality style (the anime at least)]]

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* Recently, in In ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' [[spoiler: Kaede]] has been shown constantly as the [[spoiler: InnocentBystander]] InnocentBystander that [[spoiler: always gets into [[DistressedDamsel trouble]] and likes [[GenderBender female-Natsuru]]]], female-Natsuru]], but [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she is actually in league with the Moderators and has been [[TheChessMaster manipulating almost everyone into doing her bidding.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Seems more like it's a split personality style (the anime at least)]]least).]]
12th Jul '16 12:24:56 PM Quanyails
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** Roy Mustang. A good-looking soldier, who only cares for promotions [[spoiler:and has sworn to protect his comrades and underlings using his position and power]]. He dates several girls at the same time, [[spoiler:using this so that people wouldn't notice him too much]]. He constantly goes to a brothel/pub with a lot of girls, [[spoiler:(to gain information from the girls. Also, the pub owner is his foster-mother]]. He uses military phones to call his girlfriends, [[spoiler: in order to direct the 'girlfriends' in coordinated attack]]. Finally, his assistant has to keep him in check, [[spoiler:read: stop him from going too far with/away from his idealism]]. Sounds like a [[JerkJock bastard]], doesn't he? [[spoiler:[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Good thing]] [[JerkassFacade he isn't]].]]

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** Roy Mustang. A good-looking soldier, who only cares for promotions [[spoiler:and has sworn to protect his comrades and underlings using his position and power]]. He dates several girls at the same time, [[spoiler:using this so that people wouldn't notice him too much]]. He constantly goes to a brothel/pub with a lot of girls, [[spoiler:(to [[spoiler:to gain information from the girls. Also, the pub owner is his foster-mother]]. He uses military phones to call his girlfriends, [[spoiler: in order to direct the 'girlfriends' in coordinated attack]]. Finally, his assistant has to keep him in check, [[spoiler:read: stop him from going too far with/away from his idealism]]. Sounds like a [[JerkJock bastard]], doesn't he? [[spoiler:[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Good thing]] [[JerkassFacade he isn't]].]]
11th Jul '16 12:27:39 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': At first, the platoon believed Keroro was doing this. Turns out he's just stupid.
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